Christ Our Shepherd Church (COSC) came about as a result of a large homegroup whose members met on a regular basis in prayer and who came together to seek God's guidance for their lives. In the spring of 1987 the group asked Stuart McAlpine to become their pastor and the first worship service was held at Georgetown Lutheran Church on Wisconsin Avenue. Since that time, COSC has been guided by the words in Acts, 2:42: "...They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." The church met in space provided by the Capital Memorial Seventh Day Adventist church in upper northwest for nine years and Calvary Baptist Church in Chinatown for two years. In 1998, by God's provision, COSC purchased an 1890's stone Romanesque church building in the ethnically diverse neighborhood of Capitol Hill. We are in the ongoing process of renovating the building. Our desire is to be a "house of prayer for all nations" and a blessing to the community.
We are an inter-denominational congregation committed to the authority of the Word of God, the lordship of the Son of God, the work of the Spirit of God, and the mission of the church of God. We confess together the historic faith of the Christian Church as expressed in the Apostles' Creed, and we subscribe to the Lausanne Covenant as an expression of our commitment to tell others about Jesus.

If you do not have a church home right now, we encourage you to visit us for several Sundays and get to know our people, our passions and our life together in Christ!
In the best way that we can...

TO KNOW God truly and experience Him intimately;

TO GROW together as a reconciled community in relationship with Jesus and each other;

TO SHOW God's love to the world in the power of the Holy Spirit through the words and works of Jesus.

  • the Bible is our statement and standard for all belief, instruction, practice and policy
  • we acknowledge the historical roots of Christianity that have shaped the theology and orthodoxy of our faith and use the Nicene and Apostles' creeds as summaries of the gospel consistent with scripture
  • we identify with the evangelical church of Jesus Christ universal and have adopted the Lausanne Covenant as a true description of our expectations for Christian Mission and as a sign of our relationship with all churches committed to the apostolic gospel
  • we intend to direct affairs of our local church in a manner concordant with scripture and therefore have adopted a statement of constitution that contains the biblical principles and the practical by-laws that govern our order and polity
  • the calling to serve Washington D.C. and the Metro Washington area
  • the commitment of every member to take personal responsibility for their loving and obedient relationship with God, and for their participation in church life
  • the freedom to develop and express our unique corporate personality and God-given ministry
  • the conviction that we are to love and reach people who do not have a relationship with Jesus as Savior and Lord
  • the primacy of worship as expressed through praising, praying and preaching
  • the necessity of biblical teaching that is doctrinally pure and culturally relevant
  • the function of home-groups as the fundamental context for life change and ministry
  • the plurality of servant leadership and the equality of all members and ministries
  • openness to the ministrations of the Holy Spirit
  • the willing expression and dutiful stewardship of everyone's spiritual gifts
  • the purity of fellowship as we live in Christ and in community, characterized by love, acceptance and forgiveness, valuing all members, respecting our diversity and preserving our unity
  • the practicality of service through good deeds and kind words to all
    an informed engagement with what God is doing in the world and a prayerful involvement in the specific missions projects with which we are entrusted
  • relationship with and accountability to other churches and ministries in the Body of Christ
  • the effective administration of our resources
  • love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control as the governing characteristics of all expression of our lives
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